James M. Henslin was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. He has published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology. While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.” Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”
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A Down-to-Earth Approach
James Henslin shares the excitement of sociology. With his acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style, the author highlights the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares with readers his passion for sociology.
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Table of ContentsChapter 1 The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2 Culture
Chapter 3 Socialization
Chapter 4 Social Structure and Social Interaction
Chapter 5 Social Groups and Formal Organizations
Chapter 6 Deviance and Social Control
Chapter 7 Global Stratification
Chapter 8 Social Class in the United States
Chapter 9 Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 10 Gender and Age
Chapter 11 Politics and the Economy
Chapter 12 Marriage and Family
Chapter 13 Education and Religion
Chapter 14 Population and Urbanization
Chapter 15 Social Change and the Environment
Epilogue: Why Major in Sociology?
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